Summer Class 2015: The Story of Numbers


Join us this summer for a 5000 year-old global journey into the origins and evolution of humanity’s concept of number. The journey will take us from paleolithic tally marks near the shores of a lake in Congo, to the quipus of the Incas, from clay tokens used by Neolithic farmers in Mesopotamia, to the occult religion of the Pythagoreans having numbers at its core. We will take a peek into the secret teachings of the Egyptian scribes in the mathematical Rhind Papyrus, the calendars of the Mayans, the bamboo rods of the Chinese, cuneiform clay tablets of the Babylonians, and the use of zero as an independent number in India. Major figures whose contributions we will consider include Euclid, Eratosthenes, Archimedes, Al-Khwarizmi, Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci), Simon Stevin, Descartes, Gauss, Euler, Fermat and Cantor. The contributions of every major civilization will be considered, and starting from the very rudimentary roots of number sense, we will proceed all the way to the modern notion of number. We will cover the various types of numbers — natural numbers, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, algebraic numbers, transcendental numbers and transfinite numbers, along with their history. We will also cover special numbers — zero, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, infinity, pi, e, i and the various orders of infinity.

Click here for a more detailed course description, including prerequisites.

A University of California approved course!

This class fulfills the year-long elective requirements on the UC a-g list and counts for credit and college GPA, in addition to having a transcript.

Timings and Venue:

Our 6-week summer camp will be held from June 15 to July 24, 2015.

Classes will be held on Mon & Wed from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

The classes will be held at 21050 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014. We are partnering with Legend College Preparatory school to offer this class. Transcripts will be issued by Legend College Preparatory school.

Maximum class size will be 15 students, so only 15 spots are available!

Instructors and Course Designers:

Omkar Deshpande

Principal Engineer at WalmartLabs.
M.S & Ph.D, Computer Science, Stanford University
B.Tech, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Delhi

Vivek Kaul

Data Scientist at Facebook
M.S & Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.Tech, Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay


The complete course will cost 1555$.

Contact Information and Registration Information:

If you have any questions, please email To register, please click here.

Academic Endorsements and Parent Reviews:

“I am very pleased and encouraged to learn about your innovative and exciting ideas about curricular reforms that will replace the barren and stultifying teaching-to-test emphasis of recent years with programs that will stimulate children’s natural sense of curiosity and desire to understand, and encourage their creative engagement and commitment to inquiry.” (Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus, Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT)

“I am thrilled to learn about your efforts to make education for children free of discipline boundaries, humanities-friendly, more creative, and encourage critical thinking.” (Yash Pal, Professor and Scientist, former Chairman of University Grants Commission, Padma Bhushan Awardee (Govt. of India))

“My son has returned happy, bubbling with information and challenged, after every day of his class, and ever eager to go to it the next day. I haven’t seen him so unequivocally positive about any of his classes… I often wished that I had had the opportunity to learn mathematics in this manner!” (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

“I would rate The Young Socratics very highly, and would strongly recommend these classes to every student. Mathematics is a beautiful subject, and these classes help showcase the true beauty of Mathematics to the students. And this should help to remove any fear or dislike for Mathematics, and replace it with a deep appreciation of the subject. This learning should help the students throughout their studies both in school and college.” (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

“One of the most important thing about this camp was content provided by Omkar and his team. It is truly exceptional and I have never seen such a high quality content anywhere in my life. I wish, I was taught like this during my childhood days. “ (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>